Cyclone Asani Update: Depression to form today, Cyclonic Storm likely by tomorrow

Bhubaneswar: The Low Pressure Area over south Andaman Sea & adjoining southeast Bay of Bay Bengal became a Well Marked Low Pressure Area over the same area today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The system is very likely to move northwestwards, intensify into a Depression over southeast Bay of Bengal during the next 12 hours and further into a Cyclonic Storm over east-central Bay of Bengal by tomorrow (May 8) evening, the agency said.

It is very likely to continue to move northwestwards and reach west-central & adjoining north-west Bay of Bengal off north Andhra Pradesh-Odisha coasts by May 10, the IMD added.

The agency was yet to make any forecast regarding the landfall area and intensity of the forecasted cyclone. The system will be named as ‘Cyclone Asani’ once it intensifies into a cyclonic storm.

Light to moderate rainfall is very likely to occur at many places over the districts of coastal Odisha and heavy rainfall is very likely to occur at one or two places over the districts of Ganjam, Khordha, Puri and Jagatsinghpur on May 10, the Regional Meteorological Centre here predicted.

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